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Bedfordshire School Nursing

Who we are

School nurses are part of Bedfordshire Community Health Services’ 0-19 team. Our team is made up of specialist nurses, staff nurses and support health professionals.

When your child comes to school we take over their care from your health visitor. We can support your child with their physical and emotional needs from when they start school until they leave. Our role is to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your child’s development, so that they can achieve their full potential through good attendance at school.

Our school nurses are mobile health professionals, based in community settings like health centres who can support children and families at all maintained schools across Bedfordshire, but please note we are not permanently based in schools.

What we do

We support children aged 5-19 with:

  • A confidential health service.

  • Support for the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

  • Advice on healthy choices, e.g. healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse.

  • Healthy lifestyle promotion, including advice on diet and exercise.

  • Health reviews

  • The childhood immunisation programme, which ensures your child is protected against disease and infection.

  • Support and information for teenage parents.

  • Support for families with complex needs such as diabetes and asthma

  • We work in partnership with outside agencies to promote the rights and educational needs of young carers.

  • Advice and information on the issues of bed wetting and constipation.

Health checklist before starting school

You can help your child start school in a healthy way, by making sure the following are up to date before they start school:

When to contact us

Please contact us before your child starts school if:

  • They have an additional medical need that will require emergency medication or a care plan (allergies, epilepsy, for example).

You can contact us at any time after your child starts school if:

  • Your child has any health issues or needs which require support in school, such as asthma, allergies or epilepsy.
  • You are concerned about a child’s diet and eating habits.
  • You are concerned about your child’s development, interaction with others or behaviour.
  • Your child is aged 5 or older and wetting or soiling during the day or night, Please also visit www.eric.org.uk for more information in the meantime.

How to contact our service

Please call our single point of access on 0300 555 0606. Calls will be answered Monday Friday, between 8am and 5.30pm. 

The administrator will ask for your child’s name, date of birth and the school they attend so they can identify the school nurse team in your area, who will return your call within 2 working days.

Parentline

Parentline is for parents and carers of those aged 0-19 and offers advice and support on a range of issues such as weaning, baby feeding, moving onto solid foods, minor illnesses, sleep and emotional health or to make an appointment with a health visitor.

To access Parentline, simply text 07507 331456.

ChatHealth

ChatHealth is for young people (aged 11-19) to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, such as emotional wellbeing, diet or physical health, or to make an appointment with a school nurse.

To access ChatHealth, simply text 07507 331450.

Links to additional resources

NHS www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/childrens-health/

NHS Smokefree www.nhs.uk/smokefree

Change for Life (food and drink advice) www.nhs.uk/change4life/

Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/

CHUMS (mental health and emotional wellbeing) http://chums.uk.com/

Childline www.childline.org.uk

Sleep council http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk

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The staff are wonderful; the receptionists were polite and efficient, the nurses I have seen, were incredible.